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Old 01-18-2012, 08:15 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Assuming you enjoy them can take them.

I think for me, I'm medium. I grew up eating some spicy dishes - curries, food with chili in it. Never got to eat a lot of Mexican food being Australian (do enjoy chilli con carne, usually not too hot for me, I like spicy salsa too), but Singaporean-Malaysian food features a lot of food with hot spices - chili powder, curry powder, a long with all the non-hot spices like turmeric. Dried chilli can pack quite a punch.

I can eat pretty much any spicy food you find at restaurants - Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian - but I have trouble with maybe the hottest vindaloos, devil curry type stuff, some of the spicy Chinese dishes like Sichuan hot-pot. Ordinary curries - usually I'm like 'where's the spice?' I guess they cater to western tastebuds here. In Asia the spice has more kick. When I have Vietnamese sometimes I'll just torture myself by eating whole hot chillis - they are hot because they're supposed to release their flavour into soups. I can tough my way through it though. Once I had chillis so hot tears were literally coming out of my eyes. It was rather unexpected. I also enjoy the kick I get from wasabi.

I often like to put chilli sauce, paprika and peppercorns in my food. I've tried some hot sauces made from hot chillis like ghost chilli peppers, they're pretty full on but I could probably learn to take them.

My sister is an example of someone who can't take hot food at all. While something is not hot AT ALL to me, she'll be reaching for the water.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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Well; I love hot spicy foods: from hot curry to hot Thai to my favorite, hot New Mexico/Mexican foods.
I can eat pickeled Jalapenos out of the jar.. I love a good hot smokey Cipolte sauce on my encliladas that I make my self..
So, just load me up...fresh Jalapenos are great diced on the encliladas also..
OH, a nice cold Mexican beer to go with it all.

HW
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:23 PM
 
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water is one of the worst things to reach for if your food is that spicy. Lemonade works wonders, though.

My tastes in food range from mellow to Satanically hot, usually somewhere in between. When I make certain foods I make it spicy. Can't even eat Ramen noodles without doing something to it.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:29 PM
 
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My mouth loves a good hot jalapeno but my stomach rebels.
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Old 01-18-2012, 08:50 PM
 
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I tried the Ghost Pepper salsa and hot sauce at the NMSU Chile Pepper Institute doen in Las Cruces, NM. It was hot, very hot and a tad bit sweet. It packed a wallop.

Over the years, my ability to tolerate heat has greatly increased ... at least until it hits the lower GI.

To this day, the hottest peppers that I have ever had were grown by my MIL. They were ***SUPPOSED*** to be sweet peppers. I cooked the peppers in heavy cream and that did not alleviate the absolute pain and suffering from those peppers. I finally tossed them, as I was completely destroyed.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:23 PM
 
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I like heat to the point where it might give a little bit of burn, but not so bad that it lasts through the next few mouthfuls of non-hot food. I don't like it if it obliterates the other flavors of the food. Spices need to complement, not overtake. That said, I like jalapenos on my Tex-Mex, Sriracha on lots of things, habanero in my chili, hot curries of both Indian and Thai persuasion, etc.

Spicy things seldom give me acid reflux. That's usually brought on by tannic things and deep fried things. Spices don't trigger heartburn for me...grease, and acids in coffee, tea, and wine do.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:27 PM
 
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Spicy things seldom give me acid reflux. That's usually brought on by tannic things and deep fried things. Spices don't trigger heartburn for me...grease, and acids in coffee, tea, and wine do.
Ditto. For me, its the stress that brings on GERD.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:36 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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water is one of the worst things to reach for if your food is that spicy. Lemonade works wonders, though.

My tastes in food range from mellow to Satanically hot, usually somewhere in between. When I make certain foods I make it spicy. Can't even eat Ramen noodles without doing something to it.
The best thing ever, I've found, is soy bean milk. The stuff works wonders, I tell ya. Sweet drinks are also better.

I agree water is actually not so good. I've been advised by Asian people to actually drink hot water or hot tea, but scalding + spicy just makes it worse for me!
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:37 PM
 
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I don't find the jalapenos at Subway too much at all...

If I eat too much hot food it does upset my stomach though. I'll be paying for it on the toilet lol.
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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